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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Tadcaster, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pasteurised bottles only.
"Samuel Smith's India Ale is characterized by the colour of a golden sunset, a refined maltiness and an emphasis on the aroma and flavour from Britain's best hop gardens."

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Looks nice in a glass, and has lots of banana-smelling esters that foreshadow the balanced yet wet flavor of this beer. First sip, hmmm this isn’t what I was expecting, no hop kick on the back of the tongue. Second sip, okay, this is getting a little better. Third sip; wow, I see why they drink this in england. Really enjoyable banana esters that don’t permeate the mouth totally, but warm the mouth instead. enjoyable


3.3
17Beer (401) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2017
550 mo bottle. Pine and citrus smells. Pours orange with a rocky white head. Great sour tastes. Short astringent finish. Mild carbonation. Very good.

3.4
dmako (1) - - SEP 4, 2017 does not count
Good for IiPA. Not hoppy smooth without bire. I will drink it again. Jjlkhhhhgffdsadghjkkhnbvcxxvvhjuhhhgddfhjggghyfdch via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
jooilakon (256) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2017
Tap at Earl of Lonsdale, Portobello road. Clear golden/copper body, small white head. Fruity notes in the aroma. Creamy texture with bitter, fruity taste and sweet notes of honey and fig. Overall OK!

4.4
scotty (1221) - SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2017 A nice change from the very pale, very (in some cases overly) hoppy IPAs I've had recently. Lovely balance of malt and hops, the finish goes on for ages. Cracking brew!

3.4
Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2017
Bottle @home. Pours golden, smallish white head. Nose is malty, slight fruit and floral, quite earthy. Taste is caramel, sweet but with a bitter finish.

3.7
Bosskie (923) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2017
Dark reddish brown, transparent, with a frothy white head and lots of gentle bubbles. Smell is warm and crisp, leather, raw nuts, caramel, raisins, strawberries. Taste is smooth and refreshing, nice elegant bitterness. Delicious and easy.

4
jsmerig (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2017
Pours a hazy reddish gold aroma is malty with some fruit notes. It's what I imagine the original India pale ales to be. Great English malt base with a flavorful hop finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
amikhaylov (112) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JUL 23, 2017
Nice bitter - floral hops in aroma, some bitterness in taste. It smells like classic English ale and feels like it. Nice

3.3
Rune (13350) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2017
Half-pint at Angel Inn. Clear golden-brown, filmy layer blanketing the glass. Floral hops on the nose with malty sweetness beneath. Nicely blended taste of apricot, citrus and caramel. Ends with moments of leafy hop bitterness. Clean and rounded finish. Likable. (Leeds 04.07.2017).

3.9
rcasta (864) - EL SALVADOR - JUL 16, 2017
las de sam smith normalmente son muy buenas cervezas, llenas de sabor y cuerpo; esta no es excepcion


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